Health care dropouts sign that Democrats 'gave up'

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

"This news is heartbreaking for the millions of Ohioans who depend on access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, and this is a stark reminder that Obamacare is collapsing", Alleigh Marré, a spokesperson for Department of the Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

He also cited dwindling coverage choices as the mass exodus of payers from the online insurance exchanges continues.

The CMS found plan options are down from past year and, in some areas, Americans will have no coverage options on the Exchanges, based on the current data.

Centene Corp. says it will begin offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act for insurance exchanges in Missouri, Kansas and Nevada next year at a time other insurers are pulling out of such marketplaces.

"We will have zero backing from the Democrats, even though they should get in and do something", he said at his first full Cabinet meeting.

Senate Republicans said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was open to their suggestions about how to stabilize the Obamacare exchanges, but did not give any clear policy updates, leaving insurers hanging. The proposal would also retain Obamacare's essential health benefits and implement a reinsurance program to limit the cost of health insurer's most expensive enrollees.

But the vast majority of Obamacare enrollees are shielded from these rate increases because they receive subsidies that pay at least 90% of the cost of the benchmark plan.

As many as 1,200 counties, nearly 40 percent of all counties nationwide, containing 2.4 million customers of Obamacare exchanges, are colored yellow.

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"The commissioner has had two different outreaches to the insurers, one on Friday and again with one yesterday", Marquis told Morning Consult, adding that they hope to know more by the end of the week. An AP Fact Check finds his numbers are right.

One major driver for 2018 is the underlying growth in health care costs.

A Medica spokesman said that the health insurer was delighted by the Iowa proposal. The trend in prescription drug costs is expected to be a bit higher - in the 6 percent to 9 percent range, she said. Those changes include a shorter open-enrollment period for 2018 than in past years.

However, the report also found that almost 60% of those who ended their coverage after paying at least one month's premium said they obtained job-based health insurance.

Last year, about 87 percent of people who signed up for Obamacare plans ended up paying their premiums.

Uccello suggested that consumers shopping on the marketplace in 2018 may want to shop around for a better deal and pay attention to the range of options being offered.

Anthem became one of the latest to announce a market pull-out, declaring it would leave OH in 2018.

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